These air-fried pork chops are crispy on the outside, perfectly seasoned and juicy on the inside. With only a few simple ingredients and only 12 minutes of cook time, these air-fried pork chops are great for a tasty weeknight meal.

What are the best pork chops for an air fryer?

I’ve found the very best pork chops to use in an air fryer are thick-cut. I try to get them to be between 1-1/2 inches and 2 inches thick. I like to use a thicker pork chop because of the cooking time and it gives a nice char on the outside. If you use a thinner chop, I find that it cooks a lot quicker and you never get that nice char that makes them delicious.

Thick raw pork chops
Thick raw pork chops

The best seasoning and spices

For this recipe, I like to use a seasoning rub instead of breading. The rub is very simple and generously applied to the pork chop. My favorite combination of ingredients to use is brown sugar, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. It’s important to pat dry your pork chop and then coat the chop with olive oil and then rub with the seasoning. I love this combination of seasonings. It works great for a variety of cuts of meat.

Crystals of brown sugar in a serving scoop.
Crystals of brown sugar in a serving scoop.
Close up of ground paprika in wooden spoon
Close up of ground paprika in wooden spoon
The blend of herbs of basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram.
The blend of herbs of basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram.

Can I use bone-in pork chops?

Yes, you can use bone-in pork chops. You just need to add 2-4 minutes longer. And if you are using a pork chop that is thicker, just add another minute or two.

Recipe ingredients

You will only need a few ingredients for this recipe, and most of the ingredients are spices that can be easily found at your local grocery store or you probably have them right in your pantry.

  • Pork chops You can use a bone-in or boneless pork chop for this recipe. If you’re using a bone-in, it requires a few more minutes added to the cook time, and if you’re using a 1 to 1-1/2-inch chop, another 1 or 2 minutes. If you using a thinner chop, it might dry out a little bit so reduce the cook time. You can use a bone-in or boneless pork chop for this recipe. If you’re using a bone-in, it requires a few more minutes added to the cook time, and if you’re using a 1 to 1-1/2-inch chop, another 1 or 2 minutes. If you’re using a thinner chop, it might dry out a little bit, so reduce the cook time.
  • Olive oil I like to rub the pork with olive oil. It does two things: first, it helps the seasonings and rub adhere to the chop, and second, it keeps it from drying out during the cook time. Olive oil I like to rub the pork with olive oil. It does two things: first, it helps the seasonings and rub adhere to the chop; and second, it keeps it from drying out during the cook time.
  • Brown Sugar is added to the seasoning mix because it adds a little bit of sweetness and makes the chop caramelize beautifully. If you want a sugar-free version, you can leave it out.
  • Seasonings I like to use brown sugar, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. You can use sweet or smoked paprika. The smoked paprika will give you a nice smoky

What to serve with pork chops?

These pork chops are so versatile that they go really well with any of your favorite side dishes. I like to serve it with mashed potatoes, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, or air-fried Brussels sprouts.

A bowl of mashed potatoes
A bowl of mashed potatoes
air fryer Brussel Sprouts
air fryer Brussel Sprouts

Air-fryer pork chops

These air-fried pork chops are crispy on the outside, perfectly seasoned and juicy on the inside. With only a few simple ingredients and only 12 minutes of cook time, these air-fried pork chops are great for a tasty weeknight meal.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Air Fryer
Servings 4 servings
Calories 284 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 4 pork chops 1 inch thick
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the seasoning: salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 380°F for about 5 minutes.
  • Pat your pork chop dry and coat the pork chops with oil on both sides and then season the pork chop with the seasoning mix.
  • Air fry at 380°F for about 10-15 minutes, or until the pork chops reach 145°F. Flip the pork chops half way through the cooking.
Keyword Air Fryer, pork chop